difference Definition

  • 1a point or way in which people or things are dissimilar
  • 2the result of subtracting one number from another

Using difference: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "difference" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    There is a big difference between the two products.

  • Example

    Can you tell me the difference between these two shirts?

  • Example

    The difference in their ages is only two years.

  • Example

    What's the difference between a crocodile and an alligator?

difference Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using difference

  • have no effect or significance


    Whether I go or not will make no difference to the outcome.

  • what's the difference?

    used to express indifference or a lack of preference between two options


    A: Do you want to watch a movie or play a game? B: What's the difference? I don't mind either way.

  • arguing over small or unimportant differences


    Stop splitting hairs and focus on the main issue.

Phrases with difference

  • have a significant effect on something


    Your support can make a difference in the lives of many people.

  • reach a compromise by agreeing to give up part of what each party wants


    They couldn't agree on the price, so they decided to split the difference and settle for something in between.

  • be able to distinguish between good and bad behavior


    It's important to teach children to know the difference between right and wrong.

Origins of difference

from Old French 'difference', from Latin 'differentia', from 'different-,' differing, from the verb 'differre'


Summary: difference in Brief

The term 'difference' [ˈdɪf(ə)rəns] refers to dissimilarities between people or things, or the result of subtracting one number from another. It is used in phrases like 'make a difference,' meaning to have a significant effect, and idioms like 'what's the difference?' indicating indifference. 'Difference' also extends into phrases like 'split the difference,' denoting a compromise, and 'know the difference between right and wrong,' referring to moral judgment.

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